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Tax when one spouse is in Ch and one in US?

HI
I'm a teacher who will be working in Canton Vaud (Nyon area) . My husband live in the US. He will NOT be working in Switzerland.

From what I hear we have two options: pay tax here or declare your tax base in US and keep paying taxes only there?

Is that correct?


Any tips, suggestions? I assume a special tax consultant will be needed?

Also: what are the standard deductibles that come out of a paycheck?
Do they happen before your salary is paid into your account or do you need to set it aside?

Thanks for all the help and info
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Old 09.03.2020, 23:05
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Re: Tax when one spouse is in Ch and one in US?

I doubt it. You'll be resident here so will pay tax here.

Start researching here

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/tax-...ident-aliens-1

You will probably be on a B permit so unless your salary is over 120k Swiss francs you'll have deductions made before you get your salary paid into your account. However, given the complication of taxes elsewhere it may be best to fill in a tax return - with or without the help of a US/Swiss tax specialist - in which case you would need to set aside money each month ready to pay your tax bill at the end of the year.

As for what comes out: pension, unemployment, possibly health insurance if you're in some sort of company scheme. Probably other things I can't remember.
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Re: Tax when one spouse is in Ch and one in US?

Hi Op,

Switzerland has a bilateral tax agreement with the US. In general, but much depends on what you and your spouse earn collectively and whether you will file jointly in the US; if so, your taxes owed in Switzerland are typically lower than you tax obligation in the US.

Taxes paid in Switzerland are typically offset to those owed in the US. Much depends upon your income and how you file. Probably best to consult a tax consultant.

Mullhollander gives great advice and is an accountant. Maybe PM him?

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Re: Tax when one spouse is in Ch and one in US?

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HI
I'm a teacher who will be working in Canton Vaud (Nyon area) . My husband live in the US. He will NOT be working in Switzerland.

From what I hear we have two options: pay tax here or declare your tax base in US and keep paying taxes only there?

Is that correct?


Any tips, suggestions? I assume a special tax consultant will be needed?

Also: what are the standard deductibles that come out of a paycheck?
Do they happen before your salary is paid into your account or do you need to set it aside?

Thanks for all the help and info
I can't imagine that you will not have tax deducted from your pay along with pension & other deductions. If you are a US person, depending on income level, further tax may be payable in the US, although you do get fairly large foreign earnings allowance tax free that covers most salaries.
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